Category Archives: Competitions

Everton – from top four hopefuls to relegation candidates

"Welcome to Everton FC" (CC BY 2.0) by Ben Sutherland What a difference four months can make. Back in August, as the 2017/18 Premier League campaign was about to get underway, Everton were being touted by respected pundits as potential top four candidates. Meanwhile, fans of the Liverpool-based team were dreaming of challenging their more successful city rivals and looking forward to moving into to a new riverside stadium. At the time, the club had just forked out nearly £150m on new players…
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Are Man City as good as champions?

As we say in another recent blog post, few would bet against Manchester City becoming champions this year. After 13 games, City sit proudly at the top of the table, eight points clear of fierce local rivals Manchester United in second place. There’s no doubt Pep Guardiola’s side is full of great players and has been the standout team by a mile so far - but is the race for the title really a foregone conclusion? Why it’s possible to…
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Who will finish in the top four of the Premier League?

With just twelve matches played in this season’s Premier League, we are already getting a good idea of who the main contenders are to lift the trophy in May 2018. So let’s have a look at which teams stand a good chance of ending the season in the top four positions of the Premier League. Manchester City Few people would be willing to bet against Manchester City’s chances of winning the Premier League. Pep Guardiola’s side have shown a goalscoring…
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Italian disaster and Swedish delight over World Cup qualification

Sweden knocking out four-time world champions Italy from the World Cup after a 1-0 aggregate win means Italy miss out on the World Cup for the first time since the Swedes hosted the tournament in 1958 and finished as runners-up. Sweden’s players expressed their joy in unconventional fashion as the final whistle blew and Jan Andersson’s side secured a place at next year’s World Cup finals in Russia, a win that could also have wider economic repercussions according to historical…
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Who’ll be this year’s Champions League top goalscorer?

Following the fourth round of Champions League group stage matches, competition for this season's top goalscorer crown looks remarkably intense. We have decided to take a look at a number of this season's likely candidates to be the Golden Boot winner this season. Cristiano Ronaldo Ronaldo's prowess for European goals can't be understated, with exceptional consistency in his favour. From the 2011/12 season onwards, the Portuguese international has scored 10 times at a minimum in every Champions League campaign, scoring…
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Can West Ham’s players save Slaven Bilic?

Leicester sprang a mild surprise this week when they made Craig Shakespeare the second managerial casualty of the season. After another game in which the 2016 champions failed to win - rescuing a point against West Brom only in the last ten minutes - the club’s owners invited Shakespeare to clear his desk; the only consolation being that his eight-match stint as permanent boss was barely long enough to clutter it very much. After this week’s events in the East…
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Chelsea start the weekend’s Premier League action – anything other than a win not acceptable

Chelsea’s season sits at a crossroads ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash with Watford, as the English champions need to start to show the menacing form of last term or risk being left behind in the race for silverware. The Stamford Bridge outfit were unplayable at times in 2016-17 and worthy winners of the title, but the start of this campaign has sparked questions over whether Antonio Conte’s men have the required quality to retain their crown. Both of…
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Magical Messi fires Argentina to the world cup in Russia

Ahead of a tense final round of matches in the South American qualifiers for Russia 2018, with Brazil’s place at the World Cup finals already guaranteed, three of the four guaranteed spots and the fifth-place play-off position were all still up for grabs. The stage was set, and one final round of games would bring either celebration or bitter disappointment at the final whistle. The biggest question mark of all was the perilous position of Argentina, two-time World Cup winners who most…
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Some World Cup outsiders – and some red hot tips!

With the first week of September came an influx of teams that booked their place at next summer’s World Cup. Here, we take a look at four of the latest teams to qualify, some footage of their fans how they might fare in Russia ! Japan (150/1 – qualified 31 August 2017) Japan finished bottom of Group C in 2014 and were sent packing from a ‘Group of Death’ that also contained the Ivory Coast – arguably the best African…
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Rich list of Brazil

Brazil is an extremely successful sports country in the likes of MMA and football. With this being said there success in football nationally is unprecedented as they are the most successful national team in the history of the World Cup. They have been successful on 5 different occasions that started in 1958 and the most recent in 2002. Brazil placed fourth at the most recent championships back in 2014. To further back this up they have earned a runner up…
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